thelynxiblog is my personal website, where I record my intellectual endeavors and sometimes write around the edges of information and documentation, the analogue and the digital. I describe myself as an academic and a Londoner; I am Reader in Library & Information Science, (LIS), and currently Head of Library & Information Science at City University London, which I joined in 2004. I am well known for establishing and directing our innovative Library School, #citylis.
My research focuses on: LIS as a discipline, the nature of information, understanding documents, and information behaviour. Broader interests, reflected in my scholarship and teaching, are drawn from art, science, technology and philosophy. They include: information history and philosophy, information ethics, and the relevance of emerging technologies (e.g. mobile and pervasive computing, multisensory information communication, VR, AR, mixed reality and AI), to the processes of documentation both within and outside the academy.
My formal, academic background is in science, computing, and information science. I studied for my PhD at UCL SLAIS (now Dept. Information Studies), looking at communication of information within the field of toxicology. I have professional experience in project management, learning and teaching, curriculum design and academic leadership.
I have personal interests in fashion, dance, cultmedia fandom, art and photography. These feature prominently in my teaching examples and materials.
In the decade before I joined City University, I travelled extensively within Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, whilst working for the Open Society Institute. My role was to promote open culture by working on: publishing programmes for local resources; organisation of and access to national and international resources; setting up training centres to foster and facilitate information literacy. I have broad experience in the design and delivery of continual professional development courses in technology, having worked both nationally and internationally. I worked for many years for ASLIB, the Association for Information Management, developing and presenting courses on the internet, finding and evaluating information resources, internet search tools and social media.
In even earlier times, I worked at University College London as a laboratory assistant, and as a programmer, and at the British Postgraduate Medical Federation as information manager. Before that, I was employed by Derwent Publications as an editor.
In addition to this site, I (together with James Atkinson) edit #citylis news. My personal Twitter account is @lynrobinson, and I provide content for course related accounts @citylis and @city_cs. I use Storify to document activities related to #citylis, and I keep an annotated, public catalogue of my books at LibraryThing.